Mission Prep student gets restraining order against administrator

A Mission Prep student was granted a temporary restraining order against an administrator who placed the student in a choke hold.

Russ Griffith is now prohibited from coming within 100 yards of the student, a 16-year-old football star. Griffith recently returned to work at Mission Prep, just three weeks after placing the teen in a carotid choke hold, a maneuver that is generally used by law enforcement to restrain violent or combative individuals.

The incident occurred during lunchtime at the high school, and another student photographed Griffith restraining the football star. Several students said Griffith place the teen in a choke hold after the football player uttered a curse word.

Griffith’s restraining order will remain in effect for at least 30 days. The student can then petition the judge to extend it.

In court documents, the student claims that he used a curse word toward a friend while telling him to turn off annoying, loud music. Griffith then approached him from behind and unexpectedly put him in the choke hold.

While restraining the teen, the administrator threatened that he could drop him or make him pass out, the student stated in a court document. The student also claims that, while being restrained, he could hardly breathe and felt like he was going to pass out.

San Luis Obispo police conducted an investigation into the incident and forwarded the case to the district attorney’s office. It is now up to the district attorney’s office to determine whether or not to file assault charges.